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by Mark Brunner

 

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72 pages, softcover–This Passing Day, 2019  $7.99

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Brotherly love?

May I ask you a question? Let’s face it, where we seek our pleasure is often where we put our value. But, how do we keep people first, stuff second? Is that where we place the value of loving our brother? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. If you were asked this question: “What’s more important; things or people?” How would you reply? Recently, in a blind study, a group of twenty college students were asked this question. And, predictably, the result was unanimous. Every one of the students opted to put people before materials things. However, each of the students was also asked to answer that question in a “warm-up” exercise where they were actually, w

The offering!

May I ask you a question? When someone in your life does something special for you, no matter how little or insignificant (or, for that matter, however inconvenient), are you there with praise or indifference? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. It was a pretty chewed-up, old fetching toy drenched in dog saliva with bits of stuffing beginning to poke out here and there. It was also Jubbie’s favorite toy. Now it was nestled in my hand because it was also the Labrador’s more precious offering. It was a time, years ago, when I had just come home from the office and she was excited and anxious to show me how happy she was to see me. To her it was a special o

Never lost?

Is it true that with two we’re never lost? When that “other” person is Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is it even more comforting, to know that not only is He always nearby, he’s already been where we’re going so there’s no way we can really get lost? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. As a boy I remember once getting lost in the woods on a family vacation. I thought that I knew where I was going and how I would be getting back. Nevertheless, my feet had wandered. Suddenly I just didn’t know which tree had been the one that I had passed last. Panicked, I began to retrace my steps. That’s when I heard distinct footsteps heading in my direction. It wasn’t long

Carried by Christ?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Resting securely on His shoulders, is there ever any doubt that we can’t cope with life’s problems and challenges on our own? If we rely on Christ, are we just along to enjoy the ride.? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Have you ever been so worn out, so wearied by the burdens of life, that you just couldn’t take another physical or emotional step? I venture a guess that each one of us has felt that way from time to time. And we still might be there if it hadn’t been for someone, whether friend, sibling or spouse, who had come along, beheld our sorry state, lifted our burden and carried it for us. Those are sweet ti

Constancy in unity?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does unity always pay off? Can you face the worst trials of life and be victorious, made strong beyond imagination if you simply add the element of unity to everything you do in life? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I love to season the food I eat. Whereas my wife Holly likes things fairly bland, you might say that I like my food thoroughly non-bland. There are some seasonings, however, that I've never had much use or taste for. One is mint. I've just never been very found of the somewhat medicinal, almost stinging taste of mint. Even though I enjoy making soups and stir fries, mint is simply something I wouldn't

God's perspective?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is God working beneath the surface of our pain? A message that God has for each of us daily? From His perspective, are pain and sorrow tools to an end and not an end unto themselves? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. While cutting and splitting wood the other day I took notice of the annual rings in the stump of the beech that I had just felled. The rings were evenly spaced through most of the tree’s growth. But, in the last ten or fifteen rings, they were compressed and of a different, darker color. It was obvious that the tree had been struggling with the environment over the last decade or so of its life. With le

Comfort zones?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you ever wonder why we form dwelling places of happiness and hope in this temporal world, only to see them pulled down time after time? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. We have lots of English Sparrows here at Beech Springs. They build their nests just about anywhere they can find a hole or a cleft in a building structure. I was reminded of this the other day as I was shoveling snow and looked up to see the remnants of a nest that had been secreted by one creative little sparrow between the gutter and eaves of the house. I had torn that nest down several times when it was located in the clematis vines just a few

What not why?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever notice, the these words: “Why me?” are most likely to come out of your mouth when it’s something rather trivial that occurs as opposed to the traumatic? Is there ever a time when the “why” question is appropriate? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Have you ever wondered, “Why me, Lord? What did I do to deserve this?” It’s natural to question why when bad things happen in life. I remember recently when I used these words, almost automatically. And, if you notice, they are most likely to come out of your mouth when it’s something rather trivial that occurs as opposed to the traumatic. In my case it was th

A broken Jesus?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you belong to the Christian brotherhood of love? Did you know that with that brotherhood, you are bound by the bond of the Gospel of love? And, were you aware that would make that binding unique, enduring and subject to testing? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. There is an old Japanese proverb that says: “Brothers quarrel like thieves inside a house, but outside their swords leap out in each other’s defense.” The bond of brotherhood is one of the strongest bonds God has built into His creation. When Jesus rose from the dead, he brought with Him a new concept of a binding brother-hood. And, with that brotherhood,

Faith that smiles?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When painful things happen in our lives, do you want God to do a removing job; to keep you safe from the pain. Or do we ask, “Will it hurt?” Oftentimes when the answer is “Yes,” is our reaction sorrow, not joy that God Himself is there, supervising the hurt? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Lately the snow is deep here at Beech Springs. We’ve had over two feet of the white stuff in the last several weeks and when the snow gets deep, snowplowing with the old John Deere can become difficult. The problem is the size of the snow banks along the edge of the driveway tends to pull the snowplow into the snow at an angle a

Steep hills?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When painful things happen in our lives, do you want God to do a removing job; to keep you safe from the pain. Or do we ask, “Will it hurt?” Oftentimes when the answer is “Yes,” is our reaction sorrow, not joy that God Himself is there, supervising the hurt? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. How far will you go to avoid pain? Everyday we do little things to get around pain and its consequences. We handle a piece of rough wood with our hands and we put on a pair of gloves to avoid splinters. We avoid the pain. That makes common sense. But, if we were to approach life from that footing, that everything we did or felt

The next mile?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you have “today’s” you’d rather get rid of? Is there any hope for tomorrow when today just isn’t much fun? Is it hard to be persistent about a bright tomorrow when that persistence is dependent upon getting through a pretty gloomy day? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. There’s an old, Danish fur trapper’s principle that is a sticky note stuck to the side of my computer monitor: “The next mile is the only one a person really has to make.” For me, someone who is always looking down the road and measuring the load, this little bit of wisdom has paid off time and time again. If I am able to train myself to focus only

True grit?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Has marriage become tedious? Or, is it that many couples just don’t have the staying power they used to have? If we are persistent in our faith, will we be enduring in God’s presence; even if we just don’t have much in the way of abilities? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I ran across some sobering statistics recently indicating that ten years ago for every wife who left her family, 600 husbands did. Today, however, for each man who leaves, two women do. Women, so persistent in marriage at one time, have now become the least likely to endure hardship than the man; a total reversal of what had been the norm only a

Persistence?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is sticking it out, persevering with persistence, probably the hardest thing to do since falling back can be so much easier than sticking it out? What does God want us to do when we want to throw in the towel? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. There’s a fine line between being persistent and being stubborn. An old friend of mine used to say that it takes a wise man to get the both of them to shake hands. On the one hand, there always seems to come a time when going back to the same behavior, time and time again, can become foolish. On the other, losing patience with something just because it doesn’t succeed on our t

Rot or serve?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are we here on this earth to be of service to our fellowman and not to ourselves? Is submitting to hard work the key to finding the humble path that leads to true Christian service? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. How hard do I want to work today? How hard did I work today? Are these questions that you often find yourself asking at the start or end of each working day? Even though God created you and I for service, it is also true that He does not expect us to work without end. Just what is God’s will for us in our daily labor anyway? There is no doubt that God wants us to both do work and enjoy the labors of our

Against the odds?

My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians, what is the attitude we take when God puts a lost soul in our hands? Do we need to convince ourselves that there is no other choice. We need to hold on and fight the battle with all our might? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. If I could just hang on! Did you ever find yourself uttering those words? I remember precisely the last time those words came from my lips. I was mounting an antenna on the peak of our very steep roof. It was perched on the far end of an eight-foot pole and I was trying to slip it into the tripod mount I had already fastened to the roof. The wind was blowing and with every gust

Joy in sorrow?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is our peace subject to the will of the divine potter? Does He holds us in his hands? Whatever our lot, has he taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Many years ago, in a high school art class, I had an assignment to make a piece of pottery. I worked at that clay for several weeks, shaping and molding, but never seeming to get just what I wanted. Eventually I became frustrated and my art teacher, Miss Manthey, took notice. I complained that it seemed I’d wasted weeks of time and effort on nothing. The clay still didn’t have any real shape. I’ll never forget her answ

Real joy?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there “noise” in your life that’s keeping you from finding the quiet peace God has to offer those who seek it? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. We live in a world full of unnecessary noise. I was reminded of this the other day when Holly and I went to a local Pizza place with Dan and Han. They were talking away as we waited for our meal to be served, but I was bothered. (I’ve always been bothered by background music. If it’s in the background, what’s its purpose? Either it’s subliminally urging me to buy a bigger pizza or it is there to mesmerize, allowing poor taste and service to be overlooked.) So, I asked th

Peace at heart?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is the peace of God sometimes just waiting, knocking at the door of our heart, waiting to enter and give us relief from all the aches of life? But, are our emotions are barring the door? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Yesterday, there were more things to do than I normally needed to accomplish in a typical day and I knew it. Things were going along pretty well until one particular task, which included uploading a large file onto the Internet, decided not to cooperate. It wouldn’t upload. In fact, even my Internet browser decided to crash. And, when that happened, something clicked inside my head. That calm, peace

Self control?

My friend, may I ask you a question? The peace of God–is it no farther away than seeing Him at rest and accepting His invitation to join Him there? If our God is not nervous or fretting about anything, should we be? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. Is God busy today? I mean, do you see Him relentlessly passing to and fro throughout the universe as He tries to keep it all together and keep us from pulling it apart? I think many people see God that way. They see Him as a fretting Spirit, intervening nervously, perhaps annoyed, in the affairs of men. He just gets one thing under control and something flares up somewhere else that needs his attention. And

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